Authorities said on Monday that a mother and daughter died and fell 100 feet after their car slipped from the edge of a scenic coastal overlook in Northern California during the weekend. Nearly ten onlookers were watching.
California Highway Patrol spokesperson David deRutte said that it is unclear why 64-year-old Maria Teixeira was at an entrance to Bodega Bay, about 70 miles north of San Francisco. The parking lot continued to drive after hitting an obstacle.
Teixeira’s daughter, Elizabeth Correia, is 41 years old and was confirmed as the passenger in the crash on Saturday morning around 1
DeRutte said that their Toyota SUV entered a large gravel ground with no gravel, no parking space, and “driving at a normal speed. It was driving towards the cliff and did not stop. There was no acceleration and no braking. “
The photos at the scene show the SUV on the roof on the rock below it. Drutt said that eight to ten witnesses witnessed the fatal plunge.
He said that the relevant departments are trying to piece together what happened. Drutt said a vehicle inspection is required, and an autopsy will determine whether Teixeira was in a medical condition at the time of the crash.
The mother and daughter are from Pleasanton on the outskirts of the San Francisco Bay Area. The San Jose Mercury News reported that both of them had worked in elementary schools in the area-Correia as a first-grade teacher and Teixeira as the chief custodian.
Tracie Culpepper, her first-grade companion, described Correia as a compassionate, dedicated and natural teacher.
Capper said to the newspaper: “She is my person, I am her person.” “I don’t know what I would do without her.”
“Mercury News” reported that on Monday, Montevideo Elementary School, the principal of the school where Teixeira works, called her “a fixture in our community” in a letter.
“You can find her on our campus every day and do everything we can to serve the community. No matter where people are, where there are activities, where people need help, Mrs. Maria will be there and willing to help.”